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A former State Feed (and pet food) Inspector has plead guilty in a federal criminal investigation involving pet food ingredients.

What started back in 2014 with Purina Pet Foods suing Blue Buffalo Pet Foods for including by-products in their pet foods while claiming no by-products were used, has led to felony charges of multiple individuals and multiple companies. All charged and pleading guilty to knowingly labeling “feather meal” (a by-product consisting of ground feathers) as chicken meal and selling the mislabeled ingredients to Blue Buffalo and an unknown amount of pet food manufacturers.

And now this story has taken another very concerning twist, one of the individuals that plead guilty to selling mislabeled pet food ingredients was – a former state feed official. Someone who was supposed to protect the consumer from adulterated products, instead sold adulterated products to pet food.

Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper website…

"The former Texas inspector, Gregory S. McKinney, 49, waived indictment and pleaded guilty May 11 to a federal felony of adulteration or misbranding of food. McKinney was once employed by the Office of the Texas State Chemist, which investigates the agriculture and feed industries.

While still employed by the state, he formed and ran a company called Superior Commodities LLC to “replicate” practices he’d once investigated, his plea agreement says.

McKinney admitted in his plea to supplying falsely labeled ingredients for pet food products to boost profits. The products were labeled as chicken meal, which is supposed to contain higher quality ingredients, but instead contained cheaper ingredients.

McKinney’s company earned $2 million or more that way, and he took in roughly half of that amount, his plea says. At his sentencing hearing, set for Aug. 24, he could face roughly four years in prison."

Why was a State Feed Official ever allowed to form and run a feed/pet food ingredient company while being a state employee tasked with inspecting the very products his business sold? Where was the oversight on this concerning conflict of interest?

How many other State Feed/Pet Food Officials own conflict of interest companies?

VERY concerning.

This is the first time – to my knowledge – that a corrupt State Feed Official has faced federal charges. Our thanks to the prosecuting attorneys in this case.

  • Feather meal is a garbage ingredient deliberately included in some processed pet food as a “protein source”; the bioavailability of the protein in feathers is zero, meaning it cannot be used by the cells of the body
  • One study also found that feather meal is contaminated with multiple pharmaceutical and personal care product residues

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a criminal case filed against the feed company and the broker revealed they “… had been mislabeling pet food ingredients for years, substituting lower cost poultry feathers, ground into feather meal, and byproducts for premium ingredients.”2 Both parties pled guilty to one count of adulteration or misbranding of food in federal court earlier this year.

We know one of those companies was Blue Buffalo, but we don’t know what other pet food producers also received feathers mislabeled as chicken or turkey meal.

Royal Canin's "anallergenic" line, which uses feather meal as the main source of protein, was 10 years in the making. The company says it was designed for intensely allergic pets for which even novel protein diets don't seem to work.

Feathers are broken down to amino acids through a process called hydrolyzing. Hydrolyzing means to break down a protein source enzymatically. If enough enzymes are present, any type of protein can be hydrolyzed, allowing its amino acids to be absorbed through the walls of an animal’s digestive tract and into the bloodstream.

This means the protein is digestible, but not necessarily bioavailable. The bioavailability or biological value (BV) of a nutrient is the measure of its usefulness to the cells of the body.

For example, eggs have a biological value of 100 percent, meaning all the amino acids in an egg are useful to the body. Soy has a BV of around 55 percent, which means 45 percent of the protein in soy winds up as waste product in the blood that the kidneys must filter out.

Feathers have 0 percent bioavailability, so while they can be made digestible through the hydrolyzing process, they cannot be used by your pet’s body at the cellular level.

In addition, many amino acids are damaged by heat, and as we know, commercially available pet food — especially kibble — is processed at extremely high temperatures. Since amino acids act synergistically (interdependently) in the body, damage to some amino acids can render other, undamaged amino acids useless.
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